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Importance of Using Acronyms in a Well-Written Resume

By Mike Ashenfelder

Acronyms, like spices, can enhance or distract, depending on how they are used. A few well-placed acronyms can embellish your client’s resume and engage the hiring manager. Too many can overwhelm the resume and irritate the hiring manager.

On a paper resume, you can use acronyms as shorthand to communicate essential information about your client. However, on an online resume, you can use acronyms more liberally to lure search engines and increase the chances of a potential employer discovering that resume. Ultimately, someone somewhere reads the resume, so it is important to use acronyms correctly in order to maintain readability.

When to display acronyms and when not to:


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